Seahawks top Mariners in regular season finale

Seahawks top Mariners in regular season finale

Salve Regina 45, Maine Maritime 12
Castine, Maine – Ritchie Field
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Salve Regina University scored 45 unanswered points on its was to a 45-12 victory over the Maine Maritime Academy in New England Football Conference (NEFC) action Saturday.

Series and Streaks
This was the tenth meeting between the teams and the Seahawks own a 10-0 record all-time versus the Mariners.

Scoring Drives
1st          11:55  Maine Maritime - Corey Creeger 5 yd run. (2pt conversion rush by James Ferrar failed).
Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards in 3:05.     0 - 6
1st          11:23  Salve Regina - James Dawson 80 yd kickoff return. (Andrew Verre kick is good).        7 - 6
1st          06:58  Salve Regina - Sam Pascale 1 yd run. (Andrew Verre kick is good).
Drive: 9 plays, 98 yards in 3:38.     14 - 6
1st         04:33  Salve Regina - Sam Pascale 54 yd run. (Andrew Verre kick is good).
Drive: 1 plays, 54 yards in 0:10.     21 - 6
1st          00:26  Salve Regina - Sam Pascale 40 yd run. (Andrew Verre kick is good).
Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards in 2:42.     28 - 6
2nd          12:43  Salve Regina - James Dawson 37 yd run. (Andrew Verre kick is good).
Drive: 4 plays, 49 yards in 1:17.     35 - 6
3rd          11:38  Salve Regina - Chris Rosati 2 yd run. (Andrew Verre kick is good).
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards in 3:22.     42 - 6
3rd          01:16  Salve Regina - Andrew Verre 21 yd field goal.
Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards in 3:03.     45 - 6
4th          04:12  Maine Maritime - Corey Creeger 9 yd run. (Jacob Silva kick failed).
Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 0:49.     45 - 12
Key Stat of the Game
The Seahawks held the Mariners to 3-13 on third down and 0-3 on fourth down.

Turning Point
The Mariners marched down the field on their first drive to take a 6-0 lead but James Dawson (Oradell, N.J.) ran back the ensuing kick-off 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Seahawks the lead. After the Salve Regina defense forced a three-and-out by the Mariners, Sam Pascale (Cheshire, Conn.) capped a nine-play, 98 yard drive with a one yard score. The Seahawks never looked back, scoring 45 unanswered points.

Quick Hits

  • Maine Maritime Academy amassed 407 yards of total offense in the game, 329 of that on the ground, but could not crack the Seahawks defense in the red zone.
  • Salve Regina compiled 429 yards of offense, 333 on the ground.
  • Danny McDermott (Franklin, Mass.) got his first career start as a quarterback and completed 7-8 passes for 98 yards.
  • Sam Pascale topped 100 yards for the seventh time this season in just 11 carried. He rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns. The third time he's scored at least three times in a game this season.
  • Corey Creeger got the nod as the starting quarterback for the Mariners and was 5-18 passing for 78 yards and an interception, but did more damage on the ground. Creeger rushed 29 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Freshman linebacker Drew Balestrieri (Lynnfield, Mass.) led the Seahawks in tackles with 12, eleven of which were solo.
  • John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) paced the Mariners defensively with a career-high 13 tackles, including eight solo and one for a loss and Cody O'Brien (Wells, Maine) added 10 tackles, five solo and one for a loss.

Next Up

Salve Regina (8-1, 6-1 NEFC) – will await selection to a post-season Bowl game.
Maine Maritime (1-8, 0-7 NEFC) – ends its season.